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· BEATLES - YESTERDAY AND TODAY - ORIGINAL 1966 CAPITOL RECORDS MONO LP T-2553
· ORIGINAL U.S. PRESSING
MONSTRUOUSLY RARE ORIGINAL “BUTCHER COVER”– ONE OF THE RAREST AND MOST COVETED RECORD ALBUMS
· THIS IS A “THIRD STATE” (PEELED PASTEOVER) COVER, WITH THE “TRUNK” SLICK COMPLETELY PEELED OFF TO REVEAL THE OFFENSIVE IMAGE OF THE BEATLES WITH THE BUTCHERED AND DISMEMBERED BABY DOLLS AND BLOODY CHUNKS OF MEAT).
· ORIGINAL BLACK/'SPECTRUM' CAPITOL LABEL WITHOUT THE 'SUBSIDIARY' INSCRIPTION ALONG THE PERIMETER OF THE LABEL.
· THIS IS THE ORIGINAL, AUTHENTIC, FIRST U.S. PRESSING; THIS IS NOT A REISSUE, AN IMPORT, OR A COUNTERFEIT PRESSING.
· THICK, HEAVY CARDBOARD COVER, AMERICAN STYLE.
· CLEAN, WEAR-FREE LABELS
· THICK, HEAVY VINYL PRESSING
· MACHINE-STAMPED MATRIX NUMBER IN TRAIL-OFF VINYL (DEAD WAX) OF THE RECORD
· MATRIX NUMBER IN TRAIL-OFF VINYL (DEAD WAX) ENDS WITH 'F3/F1'
(►PLEASE SEE THE IMAGE OF THE COVER, LABEL OR BOTH, SHOWN BELOW)
(Note: this is a REAL image of the ACTUAL item you are bidding on. This is NOT a "recycled" image from our previous auction. What you see is what you'll get. GUARANTEED!)
Of course, what we have here is a legendary Beatles "BUTCHER COVER" album, unavailable anywhere outside of US in this form (other than a cheap replica). Yes, folks, this is the real thing: 100% guaranteed, original, genuine pressing of one of the rarest albums in existence.
The album is such a critical part of the Beatles legend and record-collecting lore, that we feel anything we could say on the subject would be entirely redundant. Arguably, everyone knows everything that there is to know about it.
Nonetheless, let’s give it a shot: in 1966, as the Beatles stopped touring and their American label (Capitol) began fearing that the group would not be able to compete with the nascent psychedelia – what with their family-friendly, warm and fuzzy mass appeal – the label decided to add some gravity and oomph to their market image. Not having any clue how to proceed (that’s Capitol for you, folks – forty years later, they still don’t have a clue, although they are now a little better than their competitors, courtesy of their Blue Note reissue program), the label made – even by record label standards - a remarkably idiotic decision to portrait the Fab 4 as – gasp! – a bunch of Jack-the-Ripper types holding dismembered and disemboweled babies and chunks of bloody red meat (and, if that was not enough, wearing blood-stained butchers’ aprons) – and, get this: grinning profusely, as if deriving some strange libidinal gratification from this unseemly act. Yikes!!! A lifetime achievement Academy Award for corporate cretinism! Haliburton and Enron have NOTHING on this!
I can only try to imagine the look of shock and disbelief on parents’ faces as they entered the local Sears store the morning the album was released. I’ll be willing to bet 95% of them walked away in total disgust, not wanting to even touch the piece, let alone buy it for their teenage kids. (Oddly enough, the subplot would return to haunt the Beatles on a number of occasions for the rest of their career: during the making of the White Album, as a possible Charles Manson connection, during the Paul-is-dead controversy, and so on and so forth).
And, therein lies the reason for the rarity of the album: fearful of the “satanic” implications of the cover (mind you, Roman Polansky’s Rosemary’s Baby was shot that very same year), the buying public voted with their feet, and the vote was a resounding NO. Realizing (duh!) what they had done, fearing the backlash from the alienated public and dreading the possibility that the “new” Beatles album (which, in fact, was a composite of preceding three UK albums with a few hit singles tossed in for good measure) may become the first Beatles album not to go gold in the States, Capitol promptly pulled any and all already distributed copies from the stores (most of whom were a part of the Sears chain), filled up a giant landfill (literally – we kid you not) and rolled a bulldozer over each and every copy they could retrieve. They may well have thrown the entire corporate management into that hole and get it over with.
That’s it, folks. The long and short of it. The infamous story of the short life and ignoble death of the Beatles Butcher Cover. The original cover, with the original butcher photo visible on the front panel is usually referred to as “first state”.
Ah, but wait…that’s not all. Realizing that tracking down and destroying tens of thousands of remaining copies out there – and at their expense – would be tantamount to corporate suicide, Capitol did, in fact, do something moderately intelligent: as a stop-gap measure, they altered a small group of covers by pasting over the new photo slick, showing the Fab 4 gathered around an open trunk (suitcase) – a trunk we can only suspect was originally used to store those dismembered baby dolls and chunks of meat (no tofu here!) - until a brand new, completely remade and remodeled cover was ready for the market . These interim versions of the butcher cover are (almost) as rare as the first pressings, and can be easily identified by a few visual clues, of which the most prominent one is the V-cut on Ringo’s sweater showing through the pasted-over white paper slick. These second versions are usually referred to as “second state” or “pasteover” butcher covers. As you can see, the copy we have here is a “second state”. We have circled (electronically, of course) the detail on the cover where Ringo’s sweater on the offensive image is visible.
How many hundreds (possibly thousands) of times are butcher covers more rare than the regular, “trunk” covers? I don’t have a clue. I am sure that some statistics and historical data exist somewhere, but this is largely speculative in view of the fact that many “butcher covers” were effectively, well…butchered when their owners attempted to peel them off. As a result, many butcher covers were essentially destroyed or seriously damaged in the process. In other words, any existing historical data must be mitigated by the fact that many surviving butcher copies were essentially disfigured beyond recognition by their owners. This may help explain why the butcher copies are many times rarer than any historical evidence might suggest.
To put things in perspective, the year 1966 was a big year for corporate cover censors: mind you, in this same year, the Mamas and the Papas had to endure humiliating censorship of their ►“Toilet Seat” cover, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons survived no less than three encounters with the artwork police (on their “Four Seasons sing Bacharach-David and Dylan” album), Jefferson Airplane’s first album was altered in both content and form (cover had to be changed, too), Bob Dylan (presumably on his own volition?) changed the layout on his ► “Blonde on Blonde” album, deleting the image of Claudia Cardinale; the Fugs’ first album underwent no less than 4 (four !!!) alterations, the cover of ► the Monkees’ first album had to be changed because of misperceived “transsexual” reference, ►Buffalo Springfield’s first album had to have a song excised from BOTH record AND the cover; Simon and Garfunkel’s second album (The Sounds of Silence) underwent no less than three cover revisions; Velvet Underground’s first album ►(Velvet Underground & Nico, also known as the “Banana Cover) had to have back cover significantly modified because of a legal dispute. In other words, corporate censors and self-censors were out in full force back in 1966.
Needless to say, despite (or perhaps precisely because of) the controversy, Yesterday and Today quickly became a RIAA-certified million-seller, topping the Billboard pop charts. In the sea of official “regular” covers that flooded the market, it is virtually impossible to find surviving copies of the original “butcher” covers. They are a sight unseen. We comfortably and without any reservations state that the censored (trunk pasteover) covers outnumber “trunk” covers at a ratio of AT LEAST 500:1.
Some reasons Why You Should Own Original American Mono Beatles Albums:
I. These are genuine historical artifacts. Rock & Roll did not produce many works deserving to be called history; albums by Beatles are a noble exception to this rule.
II. These pressings are coveted by EVERYONE and, despite the fact that Beatles sold almost a billion records, precious few original mono albums in good shape remain on the market.
III. Mono pressings are, almost by definition, the very first pressings. They were in print for only short period of time, ranging from only few weeks (Magical Mystery Tour) to three years (Meet the Beatles).
IV. First, mono pressings sound MUCH better and are much more vivid than the stereo versions.
V. Mono versions contain different versions or mixes of many tracks; in some cases mono versions contain the only "proper" versions of the songs, which are only available only in FAKE stereo on stereo albums.
VI. Beatles mono albums are all analog pressings; whereas everything else you can currently find on the market is a digital mastering.
VII. The original Beatles mono albums are a terrific investment value, not likely to go the Enron way.
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(IMPORTANT NOTE: unless otherwise noted, ALL records are graded visually, and NOT play-graded!; we grade records under the strong, diffuse room light or discrete sunlight)
(a) CAUTION! The vinyl is only VERY GOOD (-)- TO VERY GOOD-, with multiple, numerous, small scuffs and scratches which are BOTH visible AND audible. The record plays with light and tolerable BUT AUDIBLE surface noise and occasional pops and clicks. The record plays without skipping throughout. This record WAS play-graded.
(b) The record is pressed on a beautiful, thick, inflexible vinyl, which was usually used for the first or very early pressings. Usually, the sound on such thick vinyl pressings is full-bodied, vivid, and even dramatic. Do not expect to obtain such a majestic analog sound from a digital recording!
(c) The record comes in the original stock inner sleeve.
(d) Of course, this is a full-bodied ANALOG recording, and not an inferior, digital recording!!!
(e) Withdrawn “butcher” covers of this album are much rarer than the replacement (trunk) covers; We estimate that censored covers outnumber uncensored toilet bowl covers by a ratio of at least 500:1.